Transportation headlines, Tuesday, August 14

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

A new, fun video from the transit activist group Move LA.

Cracking down on diesel (L.A. Times)

Carl Pope, the former chairman of the Sierra Club, pens an opinion piece in which he urges the California Air Resources Board to enforce rules requiring the retrofit of trucks to reduce particulate matter. It’s not cheap — it can cost $10,000 — but Pope says the benefits are enormous and also pushes more companies to follow the lead of Coca-Cola and clean up their fleets. Given the heavy truck traffic on California’s freeways, it seems a sensible argument.

As the presidential campaign begins in earnest, a study in contrasts (The Transport Politic)

Blogger Yonah Freemark takes a look at Rep. Paul Ryan’s voting record in the house in addition to Ryan’s larger views on the role of government in transportation. Although Ryan or presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has said very little about transportation, Freemark’s take is that Ryan would likely only support transportation programs paid for with user fees. Practically speaking, Freemark speculates that could mean eliminating funding for anything not involving cars. Of course, none of us really know — both the Romney and Barack Obama campaigns have been largely silent on the issue of transportation.

Hottest month on record, by the numbers (NOAA)

The news came out last week that July 2012 was the hottest month on record in the contiguous United States since 1895, when modern records began being kept. Here’s a good chart from NOAA breaking it down state-by-state — the numbers represent years, i.e. the ’48’ on California means that July 2012 was the the 48th coolest July here since 1895.